So my anime watching habit has been revived by a housemate, which seemed worth a bump. The mutual interest in the subject goes as far as exchanging tools and books on learning Japanese, and the 42" plasma in the living room is an awesome reason to download lots of HD anime.
Aside from him convincing me to start catching up with One Piece and FMA Brotherhood, and finish some other series left in my queue (Rurouni Kenshin, Monster, Tsubasa Chronicle, Berserk) he has been downloading first episodes of series which have been released all over the place since the Japanese broadcast season kicked off at the beginning of October. His method of finding new series is downloading random first episodes and see if they're worth anything. So far it has made us decide to keep watching the following series:
- Fairy Tail: Randomness and great humour, extremely entertaining and especially great for One Piece fans.
- Toaru Kagaku no Railgun: Slice-of-life with a great cast, great humour and surprisingly superb action scenes.
- Tegami Bachi: Not yet sure whether this is a keeper but the setting is really nice and if the story starts going anywhere during the next episode it might very well be a good watch.
Other series have been scrapped:
- Seiken no Blacksmith: The premise was mildly interesting but the humour is of a really low level and the ecchi is obviously trying to overcompensate for the lacking story. To be honest I might try episode 2 to see if the story develops a little but I'm pretty sure it'll remain in the garbage bin.
- 11eyes - Tsumi to Batsu to Aganai no Shoujo: This first episode is absolutely disastrous. Everything about it (even the title) wants to impress you with how awesome it is, how everything probably has a very deep background to it and all the psychedelic/horror elements surely show that it's an awesome series. The truth is that it simply introduces some mysteries in such a way that it is hard to believe it has any well-thought-out explanation and it feels hollow. Once again, maybe a second episode might convince me, but it'd probably have to be pure gold to be absolutely convincing.
It's worth noting by the way that Toaru Kagaku no Railgun is actually a spin-off series, so we decided to look up the original series, Toaru Majutsu no Index. It really is a very different series but on the parts where they overlap it really is quite awkward to first see the spin-off and then the original series. However, the fact that we watched 10 episodes of Index in one sitting on Sunday should point out that it really is a good series in its own right, albeit very different from Railgun. (The intro tune
sure is catchy since it's been stuck in my head since Sunday...)
Anyway, just thought I'd revive this topic again since it jumped to my mind today how I first got really involved with anime (some of the suggestions from this topic, that is
). Once again, a link to MyAnimeList
for those who are interested and goodnight to the rest of you.